“Five of you will chase a hundred and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand … ” (Leviticus 26:8) If one would be able to chase a twenty, then a hundred would be able to chase two thousand, but the Bible declares that ‘a hundred will chase ten thousand’; five times more because there is exponential power in agreement! (Even in the wild we see this phenomenon at work when animals herd together to chase off a predator and predators hunt together to scatter the herds.) There were times when the nation of lsrael chased their enemies and there were also times when they were scattered by their enemies, in keeping with God’s word. ‘If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands … All these blessings will come upon you … The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven … However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands … The lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but will flee from them in seven and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth.” (Deuteronomy 28 :1-25) Joshua, in his farewell address to the Israelites, testified: “One of you routs a thousand because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God.” ( Joshua 23:10-11) However, Moses in his farewell address to the Israelites, predicted their rebellion and warned them of the opposite: ‘How could one man chase a thousand or two put ten thousand to flight unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?’ ( Deuteronomy 32:30) Moses was right in predicting that the promise will work against them in favour of their enemies. What else would explain why the Jews were scattered around the world and were executed in the millions? ‘These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.’ (1 Corinthians 10:11) It is time for body of Christ to put aside their differences and stand together against the divisive forces and appropriate the promise of exponential power in agreement.
There are two aspects to this agreement. The agreement with the word of God is the divine or vertical aspect and the agreement between believers on earth is the human or horizontal aspect. Jesus spoke of these two aspects when he said : “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth have been bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth have been loosed in heaven.” – this is the divine or vertical aspect. “Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” – this is the human or horizontal aspect. ( Matthew 18:18-20) Everything that happens on earth is the shadow of that which happens in the heavens. Therefore it has to be first bound in heaven before it can be bound on earth, because the spiritual realm rules over the physical realm. There are many believers who know about their authority in Christ but simply can’t agree with one another ! ‘I appeal to you brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.’ (1 Corintians 1:10) Infact we agree on more things than we disagree, irrespective of our denominations. Belief in salvation through Christ should be the common ground for all believers to stand together in unity. The modern church is yet to discover this truth about the power in agreement and when it does, history will be made, just as the early Church did! Amen.